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Back to listMar 18, 2007

SGI-Taiwan Studies Nichiren's Writings; Holds Study Exam for Lecturers on Nichiren Buddhism

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On March 17 and 18, 2007, SGI-Taiwan held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with a special lecture by Soka Gakkai Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka from Japan on "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," one of Nichiren's writings, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on the same writing. A total of 1,000 members participated at three venues in Banciao, Changhua and Cianjhen. In his lecture, Mr. Morinaka emphasized that Nichiren Buddhism enables people to manifest their innate Buddha nature and realize their "human revolution" through the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This results in an individual creating the greatest positive value, which in turn is reflected as positive change in society.

On February 4, 2007, one month prior to Mr. Morinaka's lecture, SGI-Taiwan held an examination on Nichiren Buddhism for Study Department Level 3 lecturers at 28 venues in Taiwan. The candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism. The development of lecturers is aimed at deepening and enhancing the study of Nichiren Buddhism at local discussion meetings. SGI-Taiwan General Director Lin Chao encouraged the examinees to use what they have learned to strengthen their own faith, practice and study, considered the "three pillars" of Nichiren Buddhism.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Taiwan and an article in the March 28, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]